They'll be begging to go on a ride.
Dragging the kids around in a clunky, uncomfortable bike trailer isn't going to win you future cycling fans, and when the little ones aren't happy, no one is. The founder of Weehoo wanted to hear fewer complaints and more of the gleeful expression the company is named after when he took his kids on bike rides, and a few years later, options like the Turbo Bicycle Trailer for Kids offer easy setup for parents and plenty of features to keep kids excited about heading out on a ride.
The Turbo was redesigned this year with a few improvements to make it easier to use and more adaptable to different bike frames. To start, Weehoo reworked the detachable push bar to release more efficiently using snap pins rather than the former quick-release system. The bar also now features a more prominent arched shape to make it easier to attach to 29ers or bikes with luggage racks. To keep kids cozy during long rides on the roads or through the woods, the seat back and base of the seat itself have been changed slightly, too — perhaps after receiving feedback from little ones themselves.
Besides a few updates made in the name of progress, the innovative design of the Turbo remains essentially the same. Stable enough to stay balanced along winding singletrack or on the road, the trailer allows kids to pedal along with you to get exercise and create a feeling of being more actively involved in the ride. And with a tool-free, adjustable seat, it can grow with your family to accommodate young riders from ages 2-9 weighing up to 80lbs.
The creator of Weehoo developed the trailers for his own children, so safety is a key attribute of all of the company's products. In the Turbo, kids stay comfortably buckled-in with an adjustable three-point harness, and little feet are secured in pedals with adjustable foot straps. The Turbo includes an enclosed chain and sprocket to keep curious hands protected, and it helps to prevent hunger-driven meltdowns by providing space to store plenty of snacks in both the seat and in the wheel panniers.
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Fishtails through corners, when standing
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Based on the positive online reviews, I bought a Weehoo and tried it out with our 2 year old toddler. I towed it on roads and bike paths around New England for 4 rides, about 60-80 miles total. But I didn't like the handling and ended up selling it and replacing with a Burley Minnow.
Things I liked:
+ Solid build quality
+ Easy setup, dissassembly
+ Narrower than most other trailers - doesn't take up as much of the road
+ Armrests are good for keeping a napping kid from falling out.
Things I didn't like:
-- With my cyclocross bike, I had a difficult time controling this trailer, especially when out of the saddle. The single wheel design and seatpost attachment point creates a lever arm that tilts the bike to the left or right whenver you stand up. This in turn creates a fish-tailing effect with the single wheel design.
-- When leaning into a turn, the degree of your lean has a dramatic effect on how the trailer tracks through the turn. You'll find your arms getting tired as you death grip the handlebars trying to keep the trailer stable.\
-- Emergency handling was downright dangerous, primarily because I typically stand up when things get hairy. Ex: There's a pothole ahead of you, so you stand up on the pedals a little and start turning. This in turn causes the trailer to fishtail. We had a few scary moments.
-- Loading your child can be difficult because the trailer won't balance on its own. Sure, you can often find a fence or wall to lean the bike and trailer against. But it's still more difficult than a 2-wheel trailer, which is perfectly stable when loading. I had the optional kickstand, which helped a little, but is not wide enough to stabilize the trailer when there's a kid sitting in it.
-- Minor gripe, but the seatpost attachment caused some abrasion on my carbon seatpost. It wasn't too bad from the few rides that I did, but would be a concern if you adopted this trailer long term.
-- The mud guard is not sufficient. My kid got a lot of dirt in his face. Sunglasses are a must.
-- It's significantly heavier than your typical 2-wheel trailer.
Disclaimer: This review is for road riding, and I have a young kid. I expect that a bike with very wide handlebars (ie, a mountain bike) would provide a better ability for the rider to stabilize the trailer. While I give this trailer a thumbs-down for road riding, I can see how it might be better for mountain biking. Likewise, an older kid may be better at balancing (making the handling better) or just weigh more (making the handling worse).
Kid loves it
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Received the Weehoo about a month ago. Assembly is straight forward however it took some muscle and a rubber mallet to make everything go together. VERY tight tolerances I suppose are a good thing? Doesnt matter to me - it works. Took the WeeHoo out for an inagural ride and my daughter (age 4 - experience riding in a Burley Bee) loved it. She pedaled along (not sure it actually does anything... but its something for her to do) and took in the sights instead of being glued to an ipad in the Bee. Both of us enjoyed the ride much more. Highly recommended.
As a follow up, this would be a 5 star rating if the hitch was more easily installed / removed from the bicycle. As it is now - i have to remove my seatpost to install the hitch which is kind of a PITA.
Weehoo is the best!
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
We bought a Weehoo 3 years ago before our son turned 3. While it was an expensive purchase, it has been well worth the money. Not only is the trail-along bike been great, so has the customer service. From trying to get the correct fit (so the trail along doesn't wobble), to finding a car rack to hold the weehoo, and recently replacing the set of worn-out paniers (for free!), their costumer service has been top notch.
The bike itself allowed our son to accompany us on longer rides, while being more engaged (vs a trailer) and learning to peddle too. The weehoo still allowed us to keep him close to us (physically) in traffic. Something I miss greatly now that at 5.5 years old he's riding his own bike more and more. We still get good use out of the Weehoo on longer rides, since it's still hard for my son to ride more than few miles on his own.
I would definitely recommend the Weehoo to anyone who enjoys biking with their toddlers, as it will provide you with years of wonderful memories.